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UNESCO Adds 19 New World Heritage Sites

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New to the Heritage Site list: the Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean in one of the many wonders of Namibia, the 2013 site for the Adventure Travel World Summit.

UNESCO has added nineteen new global sites to its esteemed World Heritage list, according to a story on CNN. The list celebrates structures or natural sites “of outstanding universal value,” and often boosts desirability for tourism. Thirty four total sites were considered.

The total list includes 981 sites from 160 different countries. The vast majority of these (759) are cultural sites, while 193 are purely natural. Twenty nine sites have both qualities.

Here’s the full list – to see a slideshow of the new UNESCO sites, please read the entire CNN article.

1. Xinjiang Tianshan (China)

2. Mount Etna (Italy)

3. El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve (Mexico)

4. Namib Sand Sea (Namibia)

5. Tajik National Park (Tajikistan)

6. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station (Canada)

7. Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (China)

8. Historic Monuments and Sites in Kaesong (North Korea)

9. Levuka Historical Port Town (Fiji)

10. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe (Germany)

11. Hill Forts of Rajashtan (India)

12. Golestan Palace (Iran)

13. Medici Villas and Gardens in Tuscany (Italy)

14. Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration (Japan)

15. Historic Centre of Agadez (Niger)

16. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region in Poland and Ukraine (Poland / Ukraine)

17. University of Coimbra — Alta and Sofia (Portugal)

18. Al Zubarah Archaeological Site (Qatar)

19. Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese and its Chora (Ukraine)


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